Wednesday, 23 September 2015

How Old Are Yew?

It is National Seed Gathering Season from 23 September until 23rd October.  The Tree council want us to get involved and gather seeds, fruits and nuts to grow the trees of the future. The idea of helping grow the trees from seed made me think about the trees that are already really, really big. How old is an old tree, and why are they important?

Photographer Beth Moon's Diamond Nights 
series shows some amazing ancient trees

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Garden Playhouses, The Vialii Way!

If you are an avid follower of our blogs (and why wouldn't you be?!) then you will be aware that we love a wee upcycling project at Vialii. And these projects are my VERY favourites that we have ever tackled. Welcome to the Vialii Playhouse Makeover!

I LOVE my new playhouse!

Monday, 7 September 2015

Waste Not Want Not, Compost Style

The nights are getting darker earlier (not that I would know as I'm already asleep way before it gets dark) so it must be getting towards the end of the growing season. So, what do you do with your compost in containers and grow bags once your plants have stopped producing? Read on for my top tips...

We always have around 100 tomato plants 
in containers, so have heaps of old compost

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Is there such a thing as a free lunch?

It's been a mixed year for us in our veg garden. Potatoes have done well but tomatoes needed more sun. But did you know that if your attempts to grow your own have not gone well, or even if you've not got your own garden, you can still get free yummy produce? You just do something called foraging (which sounds like porridge so it must be yummy!) 

We're going on a bramble hunt, we're gonna find a big one!